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Gun Grabbers

In full disclosure, I am a Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) and Board Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I am also a Life Member (Benefactor) of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), a Life Member of the Gun Owners of America (GoA), and the Dallas Safari Club (DSC). Those who know me are well aware that I enjoy nothing better than a nice time at the shooting range to hone and maintain my shooting skills. For me, it is all about discipline: calm hand and eye coordination, and precision. With that being said, I am seriously dedicated to that incredible right that we have in America, conceived on April 19, 1775, at Lexington Green: our right to keep and bear arms, that shall not be infringed.

The Second Amendment is enshrined in our rule of law, our Constitution, part of those first ten amendments referred to as our Bill of Rights. This right has been clarified, not once, but twice in the US Supreme Court in the 2008 Heller v. DC case and later in the 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago. As I have always stated, nothing is a right to the progressive socialist left if it is not in agreement with their ideological agenda. An agenda that is in full display in some states in America — yes, Democrat-controlled — where gun stores and ranges were deemed “non-essential” by these tyrannical leftists.

In 2019, we saw a very deliberate movement supported by Michael “Mini-Mike” Bloomberg, whom I refer to as “Mayor Big Gulp,” to flip the state of Virginia. Bloomberg dumped $2 million into the Commonwealth of Virginia via his groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action to push for gun control candidates…and we know the rest of that story.

So, fresh off that success, what does the Napoleonic despot seek now? Yes, Texas. We recall that it was former VP Joe Biden, now the Democrat 2020 presidential nominee, who embraced Robert Francis O’Rourke here in Dallas, back in March, commenting that he would put Bob Frank in charge of his gun problem. Yes, that is what Joe Biden thinks of law-abiding, legal gun owners, we are a problem.

It was also Biden, who criticized Texas Gov. Abbott for allowing congregants in churches to be armed in the aftermath of the 2017 Sutherland Springs shooting where the government failed to upload the felony offenses of the shooter. We all know about one law-abiding Texan, Stephen Willeford, armed with a semi-automatic rifle who stopped the shooting at his church.

Then, there was Jack Wilson, who recently stopped what would have been a mass shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Yes, one shot to the head from his semi-automatic .45 cal auto.

But, the left is not to be deterred from their ideological objective, a major part being the disarming of law-abiding citizens.

Michael Bloomberg and his minions have declared that they will spend $8-$10 million in Texas to replicate what they did in Virginia in the 2020 election cycle. And, it has begun.

As reported by Bearing Arms:

“Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has launched a $250,000 digital ad campaign targeting several members of Texas’ congressional delegation, in its first salvo of campaign spending designed to keep Democrats in control of the U.S. House and flip the Texas State Senate [actually the Texas State House, the left is 9 seats away from doing that] as well.

The new ads are focused on five congressional districts in the state, all of them currently held by Republicans. The gun control group’s ads will run in districts held by Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Michael McCaul, John Carter and Chip Roy, as well as the state’s 24th Congressional District, where Beth Van Duyne is running for Congress. The Cook Political Report rates the 24th District a “toss-up,” while McCaul’s and Roy’s seats are rated “lean Republican.” Crenshaw’s and Carter’s seats are classified as “likely Republican.”

The ads, titled “Ignore Our Safety”, start out by proclaiming that the coronavirus isn’t the only threat to the lives of Texans [I agree, the real threats to the lives of Texans are these little tyrant leftists ruling in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, and even Laredo], pointing to the attack at an El Paso WalMart last August and accusing the Republicans of “siding with the gun lobby over us.” By “us,” Everytown is referring to Texas voters, but it’s actually more accurate to say that Crenshaw and the rest of the Republicans sided with the Constitution over the gun control movement.

The only policy that the ad specifically mentions is universal background checks, which is the policy that polls best for gun control advocates, and claims that “we” can’t afford the risk of re-electing pro-Second Amendment candidates this November.” (Emphases mine).

You can view the 30-second video ad that is being targeted against Texas Congressional Representative Dan Crenshaw, here.

I always love the language of “common sense” gun laws. Do you mean the Second Amendment? What the left fails to grasp is that only law-abiding citizens abide by laws. Look at the utter failure of the left’s bail reform laws, and how criminals are being released back onto our streets. Isn’t it about our safety?

Instead of throwing out a number, why does the left not focus on what type of shootings are occurring? Take out the gang violence, suicides, and other criminal related assaults and tell me, how many law-abiding, legal gun owners are out there committing shooting incidents? Of course, the left will never articulate the instances where a law-abiding gun owner takes action to save lives, such as Stephen Willeford and Jack Wilson. Nor does the left bring to light those instances where the government failed, and put lives at risk, such as in Sutherland Springs.

We know that the assailant in the El Paso shooting had been reported to law enforcement by his own mother. Kinda reminds ya of the Nicolas Cruz fiasco in Broward County, where the number of dropped balls by the Sheriff’s office and the School Superintendent were too numerous to count. No commercial ads run against them by Mayor Big Gulp and his flying monkeys.

Nor, does the left inform you that the majority of these “shootings” in Texas occur in Democrat-controlled urban centers where crime runs rampant. Of course, these are the same progressive socialists who want open borders and rampant illegal immigrant populations, but they want to disarm Texans? Let me remind Everytown for Gun Safety that Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking. Dallas and Houston are the top two cities, and both cities and counties are run by Democrats.

Nothing would satisfy the left, these tyrants and despots, more than to steal away the Second Amendment in the state of Texas via gun-control backing candidates.

The only way to fight back against this is not to have leadership in Texas that hides their heads in the sand, believing that this is just a leftist “talking point.” One must be aggressive and counter these incursions with the truth, as I have just asserted. As well, it will take someone who embodies the Second Amendment, not some whiteboard carrying wonk, or weak individuals. Virginia was lost to Bloomberg because no one took him on head-to-head. No one called him out from the Republican Party and openly challenged him.

Well, that dog don’t hunt here in Texas where “Come and Take It” is not just a bumper sticker slogan, it is a way of life. The storm clouds are gathering and the fight’s a-comin’.

The Target on Texas

Howdy, y’all . . . I know we are enduring the 24/7 media coverage of COVID-19, but we must maintain a strategic focus. There will be an election in November of this year which is critical to the future of our Constitutional Republic.

If there is a real lesson to be learned from this Wuhan Chinese coronavirus episode, it is how quickly our essential liberties were assailed. It was how convincingly we succumbed to the fear, paranoia, panic, and hysteria. Yes, we need to take precautions and stay healthy, and live a healthy lifestyle. Soon the elected officials who questionably put in place these measures against our liberties will pat themselves on the back, and demand praise and accolades because they imposed measures that ended the crisis before it worsened. Just watch, it is coming.

But, here in Texas, the haters of our individual liberty still have a target on our Lone Star State.

As reported in the Houston Chronicle:

“As the coronavirus outbreak ravages fundraising efforts by political campaigns across Texas, the political affiliate of one of the country’s oldest gun violence prevention groups is bringing reinforcements to the state, where it sees Democrats’ efforts to flip the state houses as among the most important races in the nation. BradyPAC is the latest gun safety group to turn its attention to Texas, planning to spend more than half a million on elections in the state — more than it’s spending anywhere in the nation by far — as it remains the top target in 2020 for groups pushing for new gun laws.

“If you can get Texas passing strong gun laws, I think that sends a really strong message to the rest of the country,” said Brian Lemek, executive director of the political action committee affiliated with Brady, a nonprofit formed in 1974 that advocates for assault weapons bans, red flag laws and stricter gun storage requirements, among other things.

Texas gun rights groups are also stepping up fundraising, warning supporters that they need to help defend 20 seats in the Texas House this fall.”

As I have always asserted, 'an armed individual is a citizen, and unarmed individual is a subject.' Here in Texas, we do not want to be subjects. Click To Tweet

We have previously shared with y’all the declared intentions of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action groups. They are allocating $8-$10 million dollars into Texas to support anti-Second Amendment candidates running for the Texas State House, primarily focused in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston (Harris County) areas. Now, joined by the Brady Bunch, they are targeting the State of Texas in an attempt to replicate exactly what was done in the State of Virginia. We know the results there, from November 2019, and the ensuing full-scale attacks against individual rights to keep and bear arms.

Now, there are some — even in the Texas GOP — who think this is all fantasy and just a “Democrat talking point.” Those are the types of individuals who do not need to be in any position of leadership on this ideological battlefield. Y’all know my background as an NRA Board Member, and Life Member of the Texas State Rifle Association, Dallas Safari Club, and Gun Owners of America. We can ill afford to lose this fight, especially here in Texas. As Texas goes, so goes our America.

Consider this if you will: these leftists who wish to undermine our unalienable right to defend ourselves, families, and property are the same people who want to have open borders here in Texas and unbridled illegal immigration. To them, illegally crossing our border is not a crime. But, someone having a semi-automatic rifle is deemed more of a threat, a potential criminal. Do not believe that it stops with semi-automatic rifles. We have seen with this Wuhan coronavirus crisis, who gets to decide what is “essential?” To the left, abortion clinics and sites providing hypodermic needles, along with other items on their ideological agenda, are essential. But a business that supports our Second Amendment —  gun stores and ranges — are not “essential.”

These leftists are already making decisions about magazine sizes, ammunition, and prevention of reciprocity for concealed carry holders. What part of a constitutional right do they not comprehend? Oops, forgot, if it does not align with the left’s ideological agenda it is not a respected, recognized, and regarded right.

Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking, and the Brady Bunch wants to focus on gun control? We have a proliferation of gang violence and drug trafficking, and the Brady Bunch wants to support gun control candidates? Here in South Dallas, we are witnessing an increase in major crimes. What is the left’s answer? Yes, flood Texas with millions of dollars to undermine your right to defend yourself. I guess the left does not deem that right as “essential.”

Just imagine this scenario: if you are not able to defend yourself, your family, and/or your home, what prevents you from refusing compliance to any unconstitutional mandate, edict, or directive issued by elected officials seeking concentrated power?

No, this is not being alarmist, this is about being a realist…and the progressive socialist left is conveying to us, explicitly, their delusional intent.

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
— Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th-century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

Those words of Thomas Jefferson are the immutable truth. As I have always asserted, “an armed individual is a citizen, and unarmed individual is a subject.” Here in Texas, we do not want to be subjects. That was the message sent to Generalisimo Santa Anna back in 1836. In the Lone Star State, we are not about to allow Bloomberg’s minions or the Brady Bunch to do what Santa Anna sought to do.

Further, Robert Francis O’Rourke is not going to be in charge of “taking care of the gun problem.”

On October 2, 1835, the Texians in Gonzalez sent a message to the Mexican Army. Today, we Texans, — and all Americans — will send a message to the tyrants of the progressive socialist left: “Molon Labe”. . . Come and Take it.

Liberty or Death: One State Chose the Latter

This past week’s elections were quite telling, especially in Virginia. Consider this: the state that gave us Patrick Henry, who spoke the immortal words in the title of this missive, chose death. Yes, this week Virginia joined another founding state, Massachusetts, in surrendering to the tyranny of progressive socialism. Those two states were the bedrocks in our fight for liberty and the establishment of these United States of America. Now, it appears they are the poster child for anti-Constitutionalism. Imagine how Mark Levin must have felt waking up Wednesday morning?

So, what contributed to the defeat in Virginia that has allowed the left to ascend to power?

As reported by CNBC:

“A gun-control lobbying group funded largely by billionaire Michael Bloomberg just helped Democrats take over the state government in Virginia – right in the National Rifle Association’s backyard.

In Tuesday’s elections, the Democrats tipped the Virginia House and Senate in their favor, giving them full control of the state government for the first time since 1994. The election had stronger-than-usual turnout in the suburbs, according to media reports.

While the results could be a good omen for Democrats’ chances in 2020, it may also be a tipping point in the money battle over gun rights. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group that the former New York mayor helps fund, spent $2.5 million this year to influence voters in Virginia versus approximately $300,000 by the NRA, which has its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

“In the past, the NRA has had its way with lawmakers because it was considered powerful and wealthy, and that has dynamic changed drastically — even within the last year,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown.

The NRA, in a statement, said “Virginians are about to experience life under a distant tycoon’s thumb,” referring to Bloomberg. “Candidates who proudly accepted Bloomberg’s cash — and every voter they misled — will soon realize the cost of being beholden to a Manhattan billionaire who despises Virginians’ right to self-defense,” the organization said.”

I believe that the internal issues of the NRA have evidenced itself in the political arena already. My assessment is that we will soon see Bloomberg’s Everytown and Moms Demand Action organizations making appearances here in the Lone Star State. There is no doubt that Bloomberg’s despotic gun control agenda will hit Texas, especially in the suburbs. But, it will be here that they meet a stiff resistance.

Texas is number one in the country for human and sex trafficking, and we do indeed have an issue with criminal illegal immigrants . . . drug cartels and gangs. For these folks to believe that they can “snow” Texans into surrendering their 2nd amendment right is ludicrous, but we all know they are going to try. They will use recent shootings as a vehicle to convince people here in Texas, since many are moving in from progressive socialist states, that the answer is gun control. And that is why it is perplexing to have the Texas Lieutenant Governor adopting the language of the left when it comes to the 2nd Amendment and our right to self-defense.

We are seeing more crime and violence in Texas urban centers thanks to the insidious leftist policies. Such as the one of Dallas County DA, Jon Creuzot, who does not press charges unless the crime involves theft of over $750. So, local criminals are emboldened to whack you over the head for $749 or less, knowing they will not face jail time . . . simply brilliant. In Austin, the burgeoning homeless situation is making being downtown after hours quite dangerous, especially for women.

But, these facts will not stop ol’ do as I say Bloomberg from bringing his gun control show to Texas. After all, it was Hugo Chavez who terminated and banned, private gun ownership as a means to curtail gun violence . . . so that now the only violence is that of the government against disarmed, starving, Venezuelans who were once citizens, now they are just subjects.

Yes, there are other strong Second Amendment organizations such as Gun Owners for America (GoA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Second Amendment Institute (SAI), but they do not collectively have the horsepower to stand against the withering assault that will come from Bloomberg’s gun control cronies, aided by a complicit media. Yes, here in Texas we do have the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) with whom I am a Life Benefactor Member. But, they will also be hard pressed.

So, what is the answer? Yes, a strong Republican Party of Texas that has the resources to strike first, go on offense, and put Bloomberg and his flying monkeys on defense. That has to start right now! We need to have Governor Greg Abbott call for a special legislative session and ensure we have strong 2nd Amendment protections in Texas, part of the conservative Lone Star Agenda.

My concern is that the National Rifle Association, with its internal turmoil, is not going to be a serious player in 2020. We do not need to cry over that, just accept it and move out into this seminal fight for individual liberty. Virginians are about to feel the sting. I would recommend that in Virginia, as with us here in Texas, and elsewhere, we start doing County by County 2nd Amendment sanctuary Counties. Let the left know that they will not advance their tyranny of disarming the American people by way of gun confiscation.

“Bloomberg helped found Everytown for Gun Safety in 2014 to “end gun violence and counter the Washington gun lobby.” The group put its focus beyond Congress, to bring attention to state elections and corporate boards, “fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby.” Bloomberg has pledged to spend at least $50 million to support the cause. The group now has 350,000 financial backers, though Bloomberg remains a major contributor.

The group’s influence has seeped into corporate boardrooms, too. The Virginia election came after a number of executives came out in favor of gun reform, amid Everytown’s advocacy and a steady stream of mass shootings.

Walmart in September said it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two “horrific” shootings at Walmart stores this summer.”

Hey Texans, this is what we are facing, and it will not be long before the gun control tyrants show up pressuring businesses and corporations in the Lone Star State. I plan on indeed making this an issue and any person running in Texas to disarm Texans will find themselves the victim of resounding defeat in 365 days!

Just remember, per year, more unborn babies are murdered in the womb, than people killed by gun violence. And, if we were to remove cities like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Memphis, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and other major leftist controlled cities from the calculations of gun violence, there would hardly be any in our America. These are the cities controlled by the left, where there are already stringent gun control laws . . . anti-constitutional.